Team Blind Three-Peats In Dew Tour Team Challenge

The third day of the third Dew Tour skateboarding competition in Long Beach presented by Mountain Dew® and TEN: The Enthusiast Network on Saturday featured the unique team competition and women’s street course finals. The free event continues Sunday in the parking lot of the Long Beach Sports Arena.

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Team Blind won the team challenge for the third consecutive year by scoring 318.33 out of a possible 400.00 points with Yuto Horigome (JPN) on Gaps, Micky Papa (CAN) on Rails, TJ Rogers (CAN) on Tech and Trey Wood (USA) in the Park course.

“This is one of the most fun contests,” Papa said in the press conference. He was first on rails. “It takes some of the pressure off of you and it’s so great to take the win once again with my team.”

The other teams competing were Girl, Primitive, Plan B, Element and Flip. Element (317.66) finished second.

“There really isn’t so much a formula as it is just being in it,” Team Blind captain Bill Weiss said. “It was super close the entire time so I never thought ‘we got this’ but these guys just do what they usually do and I’m pumped we were able to pull it off.”

Pamela Rosa of Brazil was the unexpected winner of the Women’s Pro Street event.

“It’s my first time here and I’m so happy to be able to do this for my family,” Rosa said. “I am so grateful to win my first Dew Tour and get to skate with all of these amazing girls.”

Americans Jenn Soto (79.66) and Alexis Sablone (78.66) finished second and third, respectively.

Pro Women’s Park, Pro Men’s Street and Pro Men’s Park finals start at 12 p.m. on Sunday. Dew Tour is free and open to the public each day from 11a.m.-6p.m.

JJ Fiddler
JJ Fiddler is an award-winning sportswriter and videographer who has been covering Southern California sports for multiple newspapers and websites since 2004. After attending Long Beach State and creating the first full sports page at the Union Weekly Newspaper, he has been exclusively covering Long Beach prep sports since 2007.